A Discourse (With Shape of Reason Missing)

  • John Tagg


I begin with an image: an image of two crowds, in which I shall try to clear a space to make something visible; or perhaps I shall only be making visible that space itself, a space that is already there. The image is John Baldessari’s; a 4 ft by ####ft gelatin silver print made in 1984 (illustration 23) and first published on the cover of the Fall 1985 issue of Journal, in the context of a ‘Special Feature’ edited by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe and John Johnston on ‘Multiplicity, Proliferation, Reconvention’.1 Johnston you may know as a translator of Baudrillard, Deleuze and Foucault. Gilbert-Rolfe is a painter and critical theorist who, at the time, was teaching at the California Institute of the Arts, where Baldessari had also been on the faculty since 1970.


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